Monday, March 21, 2005

Not-So-Perfect Strike

"Melrose" by Wes Aldridge

This is an exterior shot of my favorite bowling alley in Nashville. Melrose lanes has been on 8th Ave. for many, many years. It is kind of run down on the inside, and the neons out front show years of wear as well. I love how the "E" and "S" are the only letters lit where it says "30 LANES." It gives a pretty accurate feel of the joint.

My favorite occasion at Melrose happened fairly recently with my brother and his girlfriend. We went in and had a few pitchers and bowled a few games. When I proposed the idea, at first the two thought it was stupid. But bowling and some beers always make the combination for a great time.

Nothing major going on with the shot. I shot at ISO 100 at 1/50th of a second with an aperture of f/1.8 to get the right exposure where it said "Melrose Lanes." I let the neons blow out a bit and over expose to really let the glow come off the pinks and blues. If I could have done this shot all over again, the only thing I would have changed was to have actually bowled a game or two rather than just shoot and run.